By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: According to reports Proprietary software program are costly and expensive .Very often a single -copy license can cost much more than what you paid for your computer like Adobe Photoshop, are superb tools for anyone to use. But, the fact that these tools are proprietary can be useful for commercial projects but learning in open source is better option as for leaning you spend less . It's not the price of the software that makes the real difference although that's one reason to migrate from one software to another for many people, it's the idea that proprietary software comes with boundaries that keeps the user experience confined to well, being the user. That's enough to drive any developer crazy .The following proprietary software programs are listed in broad categories along with their open source alternatives. Operating Systems & Web Browsers: Windows 10 to Ubuntu:Centos: Debian: Fedora : This is Microsoft's operating system (OS),Open source OS alternatives are numerous; but these OS often are difficult for the average user to install, learn, and operate. Why deal with it when Ubuntu has become so easy to use that even the most computer illiterate can jump into this operating system with very little time spent on a learning curve? .Internet Explorer to Firefox: Sure, both programs are free; but that's true of IE only because it comes pre-packaged with Microsoft's Windows operating systems. Free is far different from open source software, where users have more control over how that software works. While you might feel more comfortable with a proprietary operating system, you can still use an open source browser like Mozilla's Firefox, an exceptional product that expands its use with 'add-ons' created by avid users.Office Suites: Microsoft Office to OpenOffice: LibreOffice If the price makes you feel that Microsoft has worked you over, then switch. If you compare Microsoft's Office with other products, then you're looking for something that includes an email client, a word processor, a spreadsheet tool, and a multimedia presentation application. The only product that provides a competitive edge against Microsoft is Google Drive, which when combined with Gmail, includes all the tools that Microsoft Office offers.